FILE PHOTO: The Twitter logo and binary cyber codes are seen in this illustration taken November 26, 2019. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo

THE NEUTRAL ZONE

Late Thursday evening, President Donald Trump authored a tweet that some interpreted as a threat of violence towards protesters in Minneapolis who were rioting against the killing of a black man, George Floyd, by a white police officer. “When the looting starts, the shooting starts,” Trump wrote, allegedly quoting former Miami police chief Walter Headley, who in December 1967 promised violent retaliation to protests in black neighborhoods during times of unrest.

Two hours after the tweet was published, Twitter added a warning label in front of the Tweet stating that it glorifies violence but added that it “has determined that it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain accessible.” The official White House Twitter account retweeted the language from the president’s hidden post. Twitter placed a warning message on that post as well. 

Dan Scavino, a top White House aide who helps manage Trump’s Twitter account, stated, “Twitter is targeting the president of the United States 24/7.” Lara Trump told Fox Business that Twitter is “no longer a platform of free speech” and that Twitter is now a “publisher with editors and biases.” Meanwhile, former Vice President Joe Biden went to Twitter and wrote “I will not lift the President’s tweet. I will not give him that amplification. But he is calling for violence against American citizens during a moment of pain for so many. I’m furious, and you should be too.”

MEDIA PERSPECTIVE

Biden condemns Trump tweet ‘glorifying violence’ over George Floyd killing – The Independent – 5/29/2020
Former vice president Joe Biden has angrily condemned president Donald Trump’s tweet advocating violence against American citizens in response to the unrest in Minnesota.

Twitter suppresses President Trump’s tweet for ‘glorifying violence’ amid rioting – The Blaze – 5/29/2020
President Donald Trump fired off a pair of tweets after midnight Friday in relation to rioting in Minneapolis over George Floyd’s death at the hands of police.

Trump’s big, empty beef with Twitter – Axios – 5/29/2020
Trump escalated his war on Twitter Friday morning, tweeting repeatedly that the company needs to be regulated after it overnight added a warning label to a tweet of his calling for the military to start shooting looters, which violated Twitter’s rules against glorifying violence.

Twitter Censors White House Account For Quoting Trump’s Flagged ‘THUGS’ Tweet – Daily Caller – 5/29/2020
Twitter censored the White House’s official Twitter account after it shared and quoted a President Donald Trump tweet Friday that the company’s moderators hit for “glorifying violence.”

INFLUENCER PERSPECTIVE

Donald J. Trump on Twitter, 5/29/2020: “The President has been targeted by Twitter.” @MariaBartiromo What about all of the lies and fraudulent statements made by Adam Schiff, and so many others, on the Russian Witch Hunt Plus, Plus, Plus? What about China’s propaganda? WHO’s mistakes? No flags? @foxandfriends

Hillary Clinton on Twitter, 5/29/2020: The president of the United States is calling for violence against American citizens. That is so wrong. We need honest reckoning and reconciliation. If you haven’t already joined the work to replace him in November, start now.

Joe Scarborough on Twitter, 5/29/2020: The President is advocating the killing of Americans for property crimes. The head of state is promising to gun down American citizens. Constitutional conservatives should be deeply disturbed.… https://t.co/5BvbtQi2D9

Charlie Kirk on Twitter, 5/29/2020: If you’re more outraged by the president’s tweets than the fact that an American city is being burnt to the ground—YOU are part of the problem.

The White House on Twitter, 5/29/2020: The President did not glorify violence. He clearly condemned it. @Jack and Twitter’s biased, bad-faith “fact-checkers” have made it clear: Twitter is a publisher, not a platform.… https://t.co/whlIrqrNZ0

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